Andrew’s High School Success
Andrew was a great kid who wanted to go Stuyvesant High School. He did well in school, was exceptionally bright and interviewed well. However, there was no way he was getting into Stuyvesant. His SHSAT scores were too low. The SHSAT has 100 questions, and to get into Stuyvesant, you need to answer around 91 correctly. Andrew scored a 71 on his first mock exam.
We looked at Andrew’s work and watched as he answered questions. He was cocky on the math section. Since math had always come easy to him, he was careless and the test takes advantage of that. On reading comprehension, he was lazy. He thought the passages were boring, so he didn’t focus, and the result was a 71.
We worked with Andrew to modify his test taking and study habits. On the math sections, we showed him exactly how the test was tricking him and how to avoid it. We gave him question after question that made him slow down and write out his work. For reading comp, we went through the passages line by line. We gave him mock exams and problem sets. He never stopped complaining that the reading passages were boring, but he read them carefully. His scores slowly improved, and on his next mock exam, he got an 83, followed by improved scores of 92 and 97.
Andrew is a senior at Stuyvesant this year. He’s loved his time there.